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C. M. Rubin
C. M. Rubin ("Cathy") is a child and family health advocate, an author of children's books and non-fiction books, and a producer of factual films. Her fiction books include: Eleanor, Ellatony, Ellencake, and Me, and Ellie: The Perfect Dress For Me. Both books won numerous children's book awards, including the I Parenting Media Award, Family Fun Best Picture Book, Borders Original Voice, Children's Choice Award, Teacher's Choice Award, Bronze Gold Ink Award, and many others. C. M. Rubin's most recent book, The Real Alice in Wonderland -- A Role Model for the Ages, was written with the help of her daughter, Gabriella Rose Rubin. It is a comprehensive biography about the life of her relative, Alice Pleasance Liddell, who was the inspiration for Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865), and the sequel, Through the Looking Glass (1871). Ms. Rubin is also producing a documentary about the life of Alice Liddell. Prior to becoming an author, she held various development and marketing positions at ITC Entertainment, EMI Films, RCA/Columbia Pictures, and Columbia/Tri-Star Pictures.

C. M. Rubin currently lives in New York City and Fairfield, Connecticut. She was born in Georgetown, Guyana, and was educated in various parts of the world, including Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. C. M. Rubin and her works have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines around the world, including The New York Times, Parent Magazine, Vogue Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, US Magazine, the Hollywood Reporter, and Family Magazine. In addition, she has been a featured guest on radio and television shows, both in the US and the UK.

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Entries by C. M. Rubin

The Global Search for Education: What's the Secret to Canada's Success?

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 11:36 AM

"Effects of socio-economic status on educational outcomes can be mitigated, and this can be done on a whole-school and system-wide basis by the very people and the same schools where low performance was once the norm. It was, in Ontario, the product of...
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The Global Search for Education: Good or Bad?

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 9:54 PM

"If you simply want to have the most toys at the end of life, you might get away with Bad or Compromised Grit. But if you pursue goals beyond self-aggrandizement, then you can do well both for yourself and for the world." --...
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The Global Search for Education: Creative China - Part 2

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2014 | 11:16 PM

"It requires tremendous emotional intelligence, self-understanding, wisdom, maturity, and confidence to maintain a minimal interventionist attitude while offering non-judgmental support and encouragement. Teachers and students are the real stars of any great school, and real education leadership means playing a backstage and supporting...
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Around the World in 30 Days -- November 2014

(0) Comments | Posted November 29, 2014 | 1:18 PM

C. M. Rubin's global education report from the UK, Puerto Rico and Pakistan.

In November, I continued my conversations with world leaders on the frontiers of education reform. Each of this month's leaders dealt with situations that seemed unmanageable: from entrenched gender...

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The Global Search for Education: What's the News from Pakistan?

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 10:43 AM

"A major factor of our success has been improved management at every level. We had good, focused attention from the chief minister and a really good team of officials in Lahore." -- Sir Michael Barber

I had the pleasure of talking to...

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The Global Search for Education: What do Finland and Puerto Rico Have in Common?

(2) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 9:27 PM

"Prompted by the Global Search for Education series, a survey was designed and responses were obtained from 53 female and 78 male students at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez campus, with the aim of exploring gender perceptions."
-- Hector Rosario and Dan...
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The Global Search for Education: By Schools for Schools - From the UK

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 9:09 PM

"By Schools for Schools starts from a different set of assumptions. In essence, it builds on the idea that within schools and the communities they serve, there are untapped resources that can be mobilized in order to transform schools from places that do...
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Hard, Soft or In Between?

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 11:24 AM


Uplifting Leadership: How Organizations, Teams, and Communities Raise Performance - a book review by C. M. Rubin

What happens when you create a productive tension between HARD (persistent, challenging, competitive, data-driven, short-term) and SOFT (creative, collaborative, people centered, organic, long-term)?

A groundbreaking...

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The Global Search for Education: From Argentina

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 8:20 AM

"The direct contact with actual physical phenomena was the key to developing science topics in more depth." -- Silvina Gvirtz

I'm on a quest to find the most inspiring school turnaround success stories from around the world.

From Argentina this morning,...

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Around the World in 30 Days -- October 2014

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 2:37 PM


C. M. Rubin's global education report from
Latin America, Canada, Africa and China

This past month in The Global Search for Education, I talked to global education leaders working at the frontiers of their fields to gather new perspectives on...

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The Global Search for Education: China Comes to New York

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 7:45 PM

"Chinese traditional culture is especially important today, when the society is gradually losing its moral standards due to utilitarianism and materialism."
-- Lee Shu Ping

The number of Chinese students seeking to be educated in the West has received significant media attention...

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The Global Search for Education: More News From Africa

(0) Comments | Posted October 19, 2014 | 8:57 PM

"Arguably the most dysfunctional education systems, especially public schools, are to be found in Africa. This is related to a bigger problem that is twofold: a washed away value system and lack of imagination." -- Sara Ruto

The number of Ebola cases...

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The Global Search for Education: What the World Can Learn from Latin America

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2014 | 9:35 PM

"Latino students should feel proud of their mathematical and cultural heritage, and move in unison with their host country as we co-create a culture that values mathematical ideas. That should be the goal of any mathematics education agenda." -- Hector Rosario


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The Global Search for Education: Do You Have Global Skills?

(1) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 11:14 AM

"90% of Canadians polled in a national opinion survey supported study abroad and nearly as many believed that financial support should be available."
-- Karen McBride

Call me a global nomad. By the time I was 18, my parents...

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The Global Search for Education: China -- To Follow or Not to Follow?

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 12:37 PM

"Schooling and the economy are less intimately connected than people realize. A nation's education system grows out of its larger culture; graft a foreign system onto a different culture and the plant will never flourish." -- Gene Glass

The Western legacy of...

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The Global Search for Education: Got Mobile? Get it Right!

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2014 | 4:41 PM

"Globally, more than 6.5 billion mobile contracts exist today. If each person has two contracts, then mobile is already in the hands of around half the world."
-- Gavin Dykes

The latest Education Fast Forward debate (EFF11) focused on which elements we...

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The Global Search for Education: East vs. West -- Face Time

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 11:07 AM

"Those who can successfully negotiate between two culturally distinct environments with ease become natural leaders in cross-cultural situations, making them cultural brokers and marketable cosmopolitans." -- Pak Tee Ng

"Working and spending time in another country with education professionals and students from...

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The Global Search for Education: Learn by Action

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 3:51 PM

"No matter the platform, people will always need to know how to understand, analyze and reflect upon larger contexts and systems. That pro-active creation and larger understanding are the ways to reach the end goals of digital and web literacy." - Leah Gilliam
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The Global Search for Education: How to Lead Well

(0) Comments | Posted August 31, 2014 | 2:07 PM

"The existing model of collaboration between the public and private sectors limits innovation in sectors that are substantially publicly funded." - Esko Aho

How do highly effective leaders lift their organizations to extraordinary levels of achievement? How do you they lead their...

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The Global Search for Education: The Top 10

(4) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 10:45 AM

"The Global Search for Education series takes important issues related to global education and gives them context." -- Adam Steiner

Diane Ravitch, Howard Gardner, Sir Ken Robinson, Pak Tee Ng, Pasi Sahlberg, Tony Wagner, Yong Zhao, Krista Kiuru, Peter Vesterbacka, Randi Weingarten,...

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